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A New and Attractively Presented Edition of a Wonderful Classic,
This review is from: Persuasion (Vintage Classics Austen Series) (Paperback)
Anne Elliot is twenty-seven-years old and, at the time in which the novel is set (Regency England), is no longer considered a young woman, but one whose bloom is fading. Eight years earlier, we learn, Anne fell in love with a handsome naval captain, Frederick Wentworth, to whom she became engaged, but she was persuaded to break off the engagement by her close friend and advisor, Lady Russell, who cautioned Anne against a long engagement to a man without certainty of rank or fortune. Anne, however, has never quite recovered from giving up her naval captain, and when they meet again, she discovers he too has remained unmarried. Could this be the opportunity for a second chance for Anne? Possibly. However, Captain Wentworth seems to be interested in the young and lively Louisa Musgrove....
A wonderful and moving story of missed opportunities where the author, who really needs no introduction, has written a story which explores the painful consequences of following seemingly good advice rather than the dictates of the heart. Set against the backdrop of fashionable society life in Bath and Lyme Regis and peopled with some finely drawn characters, this sensitively written story is a pleasure to read - however, one of the main purposes of this review is to talk about the lovely new Vintage Classic editions of Jane Austen's classics. This particular novel has a beautiful cover designed by artist and illustrator Leanne Shapton, with inner flaps to the cover to make the book feel more substantial, is also attractively decorated on the inside and has a brief, but interesting introduction by Lynn Truss. Lovely to handle, enjoyable to read - if you are looking for a paperback copy of this novel, and do not require a comprehensive introduction or notes, then I can certainly recommend this edition.